Commemoration of the Second African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day


Theme: “Birth Certificate for All: Fundamental for Protecting Human Rights and Promoting Inclusion.”

In Africa, more than half of the children are not registered at birth, which renders most of the region’s poor unseen, uncounted and excluded, and by extension, affects their ability to enjoy universal human rights and social protection benefits. Birth registration certificate is the first step in securing recognition of indi-viduals before the law and safeguarding their human rights and access to basic social services.

Comprehensive assessment in Madagascar started

The comprehensive assessment of CRVS system in Madagascar has commenced on 21 June, 2016. This follows the the big pre-assessment mission that took place in March this year, under the leadership of Dimitri Sanga, Director of ECA Subregional Office for West Africa accompanied by representatives of UNICEF and AfDB. Firm commitments and promises of support were received directly during the mission from the President of the Republic of Madagascar, the Head of Government, the Minister of Interior, the President of the Senate and high-level representatives of the National Assembly.


Team led by ECA visiting Sierra Leone for pre-assessment mission

Mr. Oliver Chinganya, Director, African Centre for Statistics, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) led a team to Sierra Leone on a mission from 27 to 30 June 2016 to support the Government of Sierra Leone to prepare for the assessment of their civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS)  System. The team members joining the mission were from UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR, Plan International and Centre for Disease Control (CDC).


The Africa Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS) is a regional programme developed following the political commitment and policy directives of the ministers in charge of civil registration to reform and improve CRVS systems on the continent. At the regional level, the programme is guided by a Regional CRVS Core Group led by Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in partnership with African Union Commission (AUC), African Development Bank (AfDB), Secretariat of African Symposium on Statistical Development, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), INDEPTH Network, Plan International and PARIS21. The Secretariat of the Programme is based in African Center for Statistics (ACS) at ECA.